Heartland sixth grader struggles with being bullied at school

Heartland sixth grader struggles with being bullied at school
Braden Presley is in the sixth grade.
Braden Presley is in the sixth grade.
He says he's been a victim of bullying since kindergarten.
He says he's been a victim of bullying since kindergarten.
His mother, Nicole, says bullying is a serious issue at Campbell schools.
His mother, Nicole, says bullying is a serious issue at Campbell schools.
“Every time there is a legitimate concern, they thoroughly investigate it,” Superintendent Jay Thornton said.
“Every time there is a legitimate concern, they thoroughly investigate it,” Superintendent Jay Thornton said.

DUNKLIN COUNTY, MO (KFVS) - Braden Presley is in the sixth grade. He says he's been a victim of bullying since kindergarten.

"They've hit me, busted my lip open," Braden said. "They don't like me up there. They just don't like me."

His mother, Nicole, says bullying is a serious issue at Campbell schools.

"My son is not perfect, he's not an angel," Presley said. "My biggest concern is, I feel like, when kids get bullied or picked on, and there's a serious issue, they would rather turn a blind eye rather than deal with the problem."

However, school officials say they follow state guidelines to prevent bullying.

"Every time there is a legitimate concern, they thoroughly investigate it," Superintendent Jay Thornton said.

Thornton says it's impossible for a teacher to see everything that happens at school, but says the policies are put in place to help teachers keep every child safe.

"We try to do our best, whether they are on play ground duty, or whatever the case may be, that we have eyes and ears everywhere, so we are supervising the kids adequately," Thornton said. "I think for the most part we do a good job of that."

Presley disagrees. She says more should be done to stop bullying.

"It's not satisfying the parents," Presley said. "It's not being handled correctly, evidently, because it's not working. It's not just him. It's a lot of students."

Braden agrees.

"I see other kids getting picked on," Braden said.

Braden is attending a different school this year and says he hopes to "start over" and make new friends.

According to the National Education Association, six out of 10 American teenagers witness bullying in school once a day.

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